The secret is out! Lifeway’s VBS for the summer of 2023 is …
Spin the spinner, beat the clock, skip ahead, level up, and play to win! You’ll need to bring your A-game for this VBS! Twists & Turns is a fantastical celebration of games of all kinds. From classic tabletop games to strategy games to video games and more, kids will play their way through VBS in fun locations such as the Bible Study Game Room, Wild Card Crafts, Multi-player Missions, and Skip Ahead Snacks! But more importantly, they’ll see Jesus through the eyes of one of His closest friends and discover that trusting Jesus as Savior and following Him changes the game entirely!
Life is not all fun and games—even after becoming a Christian. It’s full of twists and turns that can leave us feeling like we’ve taken one step forward and two steps back. That was certainly the case for Peter. He messed up; he stumbled; he wasn’t perfect. But even when Peter messed up, it wasn’t “Game Over.” God still worked through Peter to help others learn about Jesus. As kids study five of Peter’s encounters with Jesus, they’ll discover that Jesus is holy, trustworthy, forgiving, worth following, and for everyone!
Jesus guides us through all the twists and turns of our lives. He helps us know His ways and teaches us His paths. (Psalm 25:4) Following Jesus changes everything!
VBS Scripture: Make your ways known to me, LORD; teach me your paths. Psalm 25:4 (CSB)
Motto: Following Jesus changes everything.
DAY 1: Jesus Is Holy
Bible Story : Peter Followed Jesus (Matthew 4:18-20; Luke 5:1-11)
The Point: Jesus is holy and that changes everything!
Bonus Verse: Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2:21
DAY 2: Jesus Is Trustworthy
Bible Story: Peter Walked to Jesus on the Water (Matthew 14:22-33)
The Point: Jesus is trustworthy even when I doubt.
Bonus Verse: Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
DAY 3: Jesus Is Forgiving
Bible Story: Peter Denied Jesus and Was Restored (Luke 22:31-34,54-62; John 18:15-18; 21:1-19)
The Point: Jesus is forgiving even when I sin.
Bonus Verse: In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:14
DAY 4: Jesus Is Worth Following
Bible Story: Peter Spoke Boldly about Jesus (Acts 3:1–4:24)
The Point: Jesus is worth following even when it gets tough.
Bonus Verse: There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
DAY 5: Jesus Is for Everyone
Bible Story: Peter Told Cornelius about Jesus (Acts 10)
Today’s Point: Jesus is for everyone, including me.
Bonus Verse: All the prophets testify about him that through his name everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins. Acts 10:43
Twists & Turns Worship Rally
Bible Study Game Room
Wild Card Crafts
Level Up Music
Skip Ahead Snacks
Ready, Set, Rec
To learn more about Twists & Turns, download the theme reveal video, and preview the theme song, visit our website.